Occult Blood Sampling Code

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Mr. Smith is seen in his primary care physician’s office for his annual physical examination. He has a digital rectal examination and is given three small cards to take home and return with fecal samples to screen for colorectal cancer. Assign the appropriate CPT code to report this occult blood sampling.

Source: AHIMA Press. Clinical Coding Workout, 2019. https://my.ahima.org/store/product?id=65592.


  1. correct answer is 82270

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  2. Documentation did not instruct whether for the patient to take and return a three day or immediate upon returning back at home,(i.e.,”It is understood”?) consecutively occult sampling for colorectal cancer or not?

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  3. thanks,
    I understand that the fecal occult is done for screening.

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